A few months ago I was asked if I would paint a mural for Winchester House Care Home in Rochester Kent. My wife is a carer on one of the dementia units at the home and recommended meÂ to the activities team. The mural was needed to serve as a backdrop to a sensory garden for the residents at the home so I was glad to volunteer my help.
You may recall that I posted a digital painting of how the mural would possibly look in an early post here. It was a typical spring rapeseed landscape, very typical for this part of Kent.
I can proudly announce that I’ve finished the mural!
For those of you interested in the details: The mural covered three main walls and a small archway. It took 25 hours approximately to paint and the vast majority was painted using masonry paint. I used a little acrylic mixed with masonry paint in some of the mural, especially where a richer tone was required.
I’ve posted photos of the three main walls for you to see for yourselves.
I’m working on some sketches for an outdoor mural at the moment. The finished painting will cover either one or two walls around a seating area at a nursing home. I need to plan something that is both soothing and calming to the viewer so I’ve been spending a little time looking at the rapeseed fields around Kent during the Easter break. I’ve painted this digital sketch to get going on with for now but I’m planning on doing an acrylic preliminary too. Keep an eye out for the post, and I’ll post the mural too once its been painted!
I was very Sad to read about the death of Frank Frazetta a few months ago. Frazetta’s fantasy and sci-fi work were always a major influences to me. However I was pleased to read that Frazetta’s cover for Conan the Conqueror sold for a reported one million dollars in November last year. It was one of those paintings where I actually bought the book because the artwork enticed me to do so!. I did originally see Frazetta’s artwork for A Princess of Mars in an auction catalog when I was working at Christies (mid nineties). So its probably not that surprising one of his Conan painting went for so much. All in all a sad day, and a great day for artists in the same genre .
On another note I bought a copy of Icon a couple of years ago and it’s a great addition for any Frazetta fan.
Talking of Frazetta I’m surprised how little a lot of people know about his artistic influences especially J Allen St John and Frank E Schoonover. J Allen St John in particular really grabbed my interest when I was looking at Frazetta due to the dynamic compositions of his pulp covers. It’s not hard to see where Frazetta drew a lot of his artistic style from when you have the chance to admire the art of J Allen St John. I’d certainly recommend this book from Amazon The Paintings of J Allen St John: Grand Master of Fantasy for anyone who has more than a passing interest in fantasy and sci-fi art.
Checkout this months ImagineFX magazine (issue 59) I have a Q & A in this issue about painting worn leather. I revamped one of my old paintings for this one as the girls original jerkin was a bit newer looking. It was a good opportunity to repaint a fantasy piece that I liked. The original picture is actually available as part of my free tubes pack (for non profit use) so you can download it and have ago at creating the worn leather look yourself!
On a completely different note I’ve been spending a lot of time researching older illustrator styles. I was quite pleased to have stumbled across John Bauer a swedish illustrator from the turn of the last century read wiki entry here I can see where Rodney Matthews and Brian Froud found a lot of their inspiration (not to mention a lot of other illustrators). I came across him when I was looking at Larry MacDougalls blog a contemporary artist whos style I very much admire.